The 2022 Mint 400 is kicking off, and Jalopnik is on the bottom in Las Vegas protecting the “Nice American Off-Street Race, By some stroke of luck — or perhaps as a merciless observational examine — the editors despatched me to report on this yr’s Mint 400, That is the primary race I’ve ever been to, and I am going to attempt to not get run over, I am admittedly as excitable as a Labrador retriever, with an identical consideration span. An enormous race within the desert will take a look at my means to fetch one tennis ball at a time. So, I wish to know what you wish to know in regards to the Mint 400,
Would you like deep dives? Do you want footage of suspension journey with a banana for scale? Who’re your favourite rivals and the groups you observe? Do you wish to understand how drivers really feel about sand, I am right here to reply your questions, and relay my findings with as a lot awe and reverence for motorsport as an uninitiate like me can muster.
The preamble to the Mint 400 is already underway; it is stuffed with festivals, The race correct is preceded by staging and qualifying scheduled for Friday, March 11. The race will run the following day, on Saturday, March 12. You’ll be able to observe alongside and livestream each day’s occasions right here.
And as a lot because it pains me to let you know Gonzo followers: No, I can not recreate Hunter S. Thompson’s and Oscar Zeta Acosta’s journey from Worry and Loathing In Las Vegas, You understand, the one the place Thompson’s and Acosta’s fictional stand-ins acquired impossibly excessive and drove the Nice Crimson Shark to cowl the 1971 Mint 400.
I am positive that retracing their steps with any accuracy would find yourself with me dazed and in a stupor, attempting to marry a cactus at a drive-through chapel. Or worse, with me truly paying to take a seat by way of a Criss Angel dwell present — heaven forbid. I imply, I perceive making sacrifices for one’s vocation however I draw the road at mescaline and the Mindfreak.
Most anything is truthful recreation. Inform us what you are excited for, what machines you desire a nearer have a look at and what you are desperate to learn in regards to the Mint 400.